Zara's Expertise:

Oilfield Geomechanics

Professional Affiliations:                 


Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining


Camborne School of Mines Association


Other Geomechanics Staff
Zara Parkes

Technical Specialist


Zara joined GeoScience as a member of the Oilfield Geomechanics group in 2007. Prior to that she worked as a PostDoc at Camborne School of Mines (University of Exeter) on several projects involving the use of numerical modelling to characterise fractured rock masses. In her spare time Zara loves messing about on the water.


Oct 2007 to Present – GeoScience Limited, Technical Specialist.


  • Responsibilities include the review, processing and analysis of drilling data and operational reports; geomechanical modelling of wellbore behaviour using in-house software; geomechanical modelling using FLAC2D and Examine2D. Studies have been carried out for onshore/offshore oil and gas fields in the North Sea, North Africa, Middle East, South East Asia and South America


2005 to 2007 – Camborne School of Mines, Post Doctoral Research Associate.


  • “Numerical modelling and analysis of slope stability in fractured rock masses under effective stress” This project attempted to improve understanding of slope failure and the role that water plays in slope stability using a combination of fieldwork and numerical modelling

  • Other responsibilities included:

    • Supervision and input for two other Ph.D. projects on Block Caving, and The Use of Photogrammetry and Laser Scanning in Geotechnical Fieldwork

    • Preparation of papers, posters and presentations and delivering papers at international conferences

    • Providing training on numerical modelling software and also fieldwork techniques

    • Organisation of progress meetings and symposia with research collaborators


2002 to 2005 – Camborne School of Mines, Post Doctoral Research Associate.

  •  “Numerical modelling and analysis of fractured rock mass strength and deformability”. This project aimed to improve understanding of the mechanical behaviour of mine pillars using numerical modelling and fieldwork


2001 to 2002 – Camborne School of Mines with ABB Offshore Systems Ltd (industrial partners) Post Doctoral Research Associate.


  • “Development of hydro-geomechanical numerical modelling for the interpretation of micro-seismic emissions during gas reservoir depletion”. This project developed a generic geomechanical modelling approach to the interpretation of micro-seismicity related to fault reactivation caused by extraction from a Middle East gas reservoir


April 2001 – Microsearch Ltd and Bath City Council Gravity Surveyor.


March 2001 – Keele University Temporary Lecturer.


Nov to Dec 2000 – Keele University and Staffordshire County Council Geophysical Field Assistant.


Ph.D. Geomechanics

MSc. Applied Structural Geology

BSc. Physics